Lake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc Event

first_imgPinterest Facebook AdvertisementSauvignon Blanc Experience to Feature International Symposium and Grand TastingKelseyville, Calif., December 19, 2017 — The Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Winery Association are excited to announce Lake County will be host to a world-class event – the Sauvignon Blanc Experience – scheduled for May 4-5, 2018, in Lake County, California.Sauvignon Blanc ExperienceMay 4-5, 2018Kelseyville, CaliforniaInternational Symposium: Friday, May 4, 2018Grand Tasting: Saturday, May 5, 2018This event will bring together winemakers, sommeliers, grape growers, buyers, and wine enthusiasts for two days of learning, presentations, technical tastings and trials, and food and wine pairings. The two-day event will feature a trade-focused International Symposium on May 4 and a consumer-focused Grand Tasting on May 5.International Sauvignon Blanc Symposium for Somms, Retailers, Wine Buyers, and Members of the TradeThe International Symposium is geared toward a technical audience and supported by community partners such as University of California, Davis. It will feature a prestigious lineup of presenters and panelists. The highlight will be a keynote presentation by Jean Michel Boursiquot, an international authority on plant material and professor of ampelography with the Institute for Higher Education in Vine and Wine (IHEV), Montpellier Sup Agro in France. Monsieur Boursiquot will provide an overview of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal and discuss where it fits in the wine family and the cultural differences from Loire and Bordeaux.“It makes sense to hold this event in the epicenter of Sauvignon Blanc winegrowing in California,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, which is underwriting the event. “We’re excited to bring people together from around the world for an in-depth exchange of information on a varietal that is so important on a global scale.”The Lake County Winegrape Commission previously hosted two International Sauvignon Blanc Symposia in 2002 and 2005.“Lake County winegrowers are some of the most experienced Sauvignon Blanc growers in the country,” Sommerfield said. “Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first varietals they reached for when post-Prohibition replanting began in earnest 50 years ago.”The Lake County winegrowing region, part of the North Coast AVA, has long been known for producing high-quality Sauvignon Blanc fruit and today makes up approximately 14 percent of California’s Sauvignon Blanc acreage.Sauvignon Blanc Grand Tasting for Wine EnthusiastsThe Commission and its collaborative host partner, the Lake County Winery Association, are building on the success of the previous events and the varietal’s new-found popularity. For 2018, the event has been expanded to include a consumer-focused Grand Tasting.“Sauvignon Blanc has been gaining in popularity among U.S. consumers faster than just about any other wine, according to Nielsen data,” said Maria Brunn, executive director of the Lake County Winery Association. “Sauvignon Blanc has always been a favorite among viticulturalists and winemakers due to its versatility. And now, with the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience, consumers can experience the vast breadth of expression as well, with wines at the Grand Tasting ranging in style from bright and crisp to lush and creamy.”The Grand Tasting will feature Sauvignon Blanc wines from across California, as well as from producers throughout the United States and around the world, providing consumers an opportunity to compare the style and character of Sauvignon Blanc wines grown in some of its most important regions.Pouring and Sponsorship OpportunitiesIndividual wineries and regional associations interested in pouring at the Grand Tasting are encouraged to contact organizers at [email protected] Custom-branded event sponsorship opportunities also are available.The event will be held on the grounds of Chacewater Winery in Kelseyville, California.Registration and online ticket sales will kick off in early February. Preliminary program information is available online: www. sauvignonblancexperience.com About the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc ExperienceSauvignon Blanc is suddenly the coolest wine on the planet. And the place to find out why this varietal is now the toast of the wine world is the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience, a two-day event in Lake County, California that includes an International Symposium for the trade and a Grand Tasting for consumers.Planned for May 4 and 5, 2018, the Sauvignon Blanc Experience will bring together winemakers, somms, growers, buyers, the media, and wine enthusiasts for two days of learning, presentations, technical tastings and trials, food and wine pairings, and a few surprises. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience will feature wines from around California, the US, and the world, providing an opportunity to compare the style and character of Sauvignon Blanc grown in its most important regions.For more information, call (707) 279-2633, or visit SauvignonBlancExperience.com.Advertisement Share Home Industry News Releases Lake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc EventIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessLake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc EventBy Editor – December 20, 2017 62 0 Twitter ReddIt TAGSLake County Winegrape CommissionLake County Winery AssociationSauvignon Blanc Experience Linkedin Email Previous articleCongress Passes First Wine Excise Tax Reduction in 80 YearsNext articleLower Volumes for a Very Promising Corsican Vintage Editorlast_img read more

PM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector Advertisements PM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector AgricultureFebruary 8, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntoshcenter_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Clarendon has the greatest potential to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of Jamaica’s sugar cane sub-sector, particularly among small farmers.Addressing Wednesday’s, February 6, contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony for the Springfield Sugar Barracks Relocation Project in the parish, the Prime Minister pointed out that Clarendon has over 2,000 acres of “idle” cane lands, owned by small farmers, which are ready to be “engaged” in cultivation.Mrs. Simpson Miller said $300 million has been earmarked for cane road improvement in the parish, pointing out that the tender process is currently being prepared with a view to the undertaking being completed and implemented during 2013/14 fiscal yearAdditionally, she advised that two agro parks are being developed at Ebony Park and Spring Plains at a cost of approximately $114 million and $145 million, respectively.“The agro parks development, initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is a key element of my Government’s Growth Inducement Strategy in the medium term. This (agro parks) initiative seeks to elevate agricultural production, diversify our agricultural outputs, and address every single facet of the agriculture value chain, from production to market, and (provide) support for our food security programme,” she outlined.Noting that sugar cultivation provides “seasonal” employment for farmers and other small stakeholders, Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that there was very little “meaningful” activity outside of this engagement during the “out of crop” season. This situation, she said, poses challenges for families dependent on the crop for their livelihood.“In response, the Government is also working towards economic transformation of southern Clarendon through other strategic investments in agriculture. In the Vernamfield area, we are investing $65 million to rehabilitate the irrigation system to expose our farmers to modern drip irrigation technology,” she stated, while disclosing that the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA)-managed Cane Expansion Fund, another resource option, currently stands at $1.5 billion.The Prime Minister noted that concerns have been raised about the sector’s overall viability and sustainability, with arguments being advanced that the administration should “abandon” the industry.In response, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government embarked on a transformation programme that sought to address social, economic and environmental imperatives “in a comprehensive way”.“Among the initiatives are: our focus on maximizing sugar cane production, particularly among small farmers. Under the Sugar Adaptation Strategy, which became operational in 2005, we began the privatization of the sugar estates. This is now complete. The government provided some 1,300 grants valuing some $156 million in this area to help dislocated sugar workers cope with the fall-out from the divestment,” she said.Additionally, the Prime Minister said the European Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has voiced support for an extension of the current quota provision for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar exporters to 2020.“We, therefore, have every opportunity to put this industry on a sustainable path. We have to grow ourselves out of our economic difficulties. There are available markets, available lands, and available hands. You have it within you, we have it within ourselves to do it; let’s do it together,” she urged.Approximately 209 sugar workers residing in sugar estate barracks in Springfield, Clarendon, will benefit from 88 houses earmarked for development at a cost of just over $160 million under the Government’s Sugar Barracks Relocation Project.The project, to be executed over eight months by the firm, Seal Construction Company Limited, is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Unit (STU), under the Sugar Area Development Programme (SADP). Funding is provided under the European Union (EU) Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP). RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Clarendon has the greatest potential to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of Jamaica’s sugar cane sub-sector, particularly among small farmers.Addressing Wednesday’s, February 6, contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony for the Springfield Sugar Barracks Relocation Project in the parish, the Prime Minister pointed out that Clarendon has over 2,000 acres of “idle” cane lands, owned by small farmers, which are ready to be “engaged” in cultivation.Mrs. Simpson Miller said $300 million has been earmarked for cane road improvement in the parish, pointing out that the tender process is currently being prepared with a view to the undertaking being completed and implemented during 2013/14 fiscal yearlast_img read more

Safe Schools Programme Having Positive Impact on Students

first_imgRelatedCSJP Continuing to Change Lives The Safe Schools Programme, geared towards tackling criminal and anti-social behaviour in schools, has been reaping steady successes since its inception 10 years ago.A joint initiative of the ministries of National Security, Health, Education and Youth and several non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the programme has been implemented in 174 schools islandwide to date, and has been having a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students.Under the programme, specially trained members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), called school resource officers (SROs), are deployed to targeted schools across the island, where they work with students deemed at risk.The SROs also partner with Deans of Discipline and other school administrators to promote and maintain discipline as well as mediate in disputes.National Safe Schools Coordinator at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Corporal Tanesia Johnson, tells JIS News that the initiative is helping to reduce violence in schools and foster positive behaviour in many students.“I think we can boast about some of the positives that have been coming out of the safe schools programme,” she says.“Within the last couple of years, especially last year, we have seen some actual growth, in terms of the behavioural patterns in students, and this can be attributed to the fact that we have our school  resource officers in the schools, who have been pro-active,” adds Corporal Johnson.She informs that this change in behaviour patterns has been achieved using several initiatives, with perhaps the most successful being the one-on-one mentorship sessions between students and SROs.“We also have a programme known as the safe school mentorship programme, where police officers are mentors for some of the students who are identified as delinquents or displaying certain anti-social behaviour,” she adds..Corporal Johnson notes that the mentorship programme goes much deeper than just the SROs, and involves key persons in the wider society.“We go out and seek mentors for specific children. So, let’s say a youngster wants to become a soldier, a policeman or a teacher, the person who we would match them with would be of that profession,” she says.She also advises that a new project under the programme for this year is the training of guidance counsellors, deans of discipline and members of the student council body to act as mentors. “If we have them on board our jobs will be much easier,” Corporal Johnson reasons.According to the National Coordinator, sports has also played a major role in helping to transform the behaviour of at-risk students.“We have a sports club within the Safe Schools Unit, where on a Friday we engage certain schools in the field activities, and so some of these students are able to let off some of that built up energy in a positive way,” she tells JIS News.Another project which has garnered tremendous success for the safe schools programme, according to Corporal Johnson, is the safe schools tour, which was implemented in more than 20 schools last year.“We toured over 22 schools, and that was a test run to see how best, as School Resource Officers, we could engage the youngsters,” she says.“It took a different format from the usual talking to…and so we do our tour in terms of music and we allow them to engage each other, so it’s like a musical clash. They are able to do poems, and in turn we have our police officers perform for these students,” Corporal Johnson says.She notes that this segment has been reaping significant rewards for the SROs, who have received numerous commendations from students, deans of discipline, principals and other education stakeholders.“There are guys and girls who have come to us to say, ‘Miss, I am tired of being involved in all kinds of negative things, how can you help me to change?’ and we have actually assisted more than ten, and I’m talking about real tangible experience here,” she says.As the programme moves into a new year, Corporal Johnson informs that the SROs will be playing a major role in the planned behaviour modification programme to be rolled out by the Ministry of Education in the coming months.The programme will address the challenges of anti-social behaviour by students in targeted educational institutions, by seeking to promote discipline and positive values.Furthermore, the Ministry has also announced that guidelines from the National Safe School Policy will be implemented in 595 primary schools, beginning September this year.This move is also a clear testament of the success of the 10-year-old Safe Schools Programme, and further highlights the Government’s commitment to boosting safety and security in schools. This is all part of plans to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, as outlined in the country’s long term national development plan – Vision 2030. Safe Schools Programme Having Positive Impact on Students National SecurityFebruary 18, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedMinister Bunting Expresses Outrage at Valentine’s Day Shootings in East Kingston RelatedFrom “Loader” to Electrician: CSJP Continuing To Change Lives Story HighlightsThe Safe Schools Programme has been reaping steady successes since its inception 10 years ago.The programme has been implemented in 174 schools islandwide to date, and has been having a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students.The initiative is helping to reduce violence in schools and foster positive behaviour in many students.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerNational Safe Schools Coordinator at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Corporal Tanesia Johnson, says the initiative is helping to reduce violence in schools and foster positive behaviour in many students. 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SA backs Nigerian for World Bank chief

first_img23 March 2012 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said his country fully supported Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature for the position of next World Bank chief, as Nigeria, South Africa and Angola jointly announced her nomination on Friday. “We are very proud as Africa and certainly this constituency to confirm that the Minister of Finance of Nigeria is going to be a candidate for the president of the World Bank,” Gordhan said on Friday – the day nominations close in Washington for the top post of the international body. Gordhan was speaking in Pretoria ahead of a constituency meeting of the World Bank between South Africa, Angola and Nigeria.A candidate of choice ‘not just in Africa’ Okonjo-Iweala is serving a second term as Nigeria’s finance minister, and has worked in a senior post at the World Bank for several years. Gordhan described her as being “very experienced”, adding that she holds eminent academic qualifications. “She would be a candidate of choice not just on the African continent but well beyond as well,” Gordhan said. The constituency meeting between South Africa, Nigeria and Angola forms part of the world body’s three sub-Saharan constituencies out of a total of 25 constituencies. Gordhan’s meeting with Okonjo-Iweala and Angolan Planning Minister Ana Dias Lourenco began on Thursday.Call for transparent, merit-based selection Gordhan added that the G20 had made a decision that future processes for the selection of heads of international finance institutions like the World Bank needed to be open, transparent, democratic and merit-based. “We believe that the candidature of Minister Okonjo-Iweala enables those that are going to make this decision in Washington to have before them an eminently qualified individual who can balance the needs of both developed and, importantly, developing countries,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala would also “provide a new vision and sense of mission to the World Bank and its relevance, particularly to developing countries across the globe”. South Africa and Angola have committed themselves to mobilise support for the Nigerian minister through the various bodies to which they belong on the continent.South Africa to lobby for BRICS support The countries will garner support for her candidature at next week’s meeting of the continent’s finance ministers in Addis Ababa, as well as at the BRICS summit in India, where South Africa will encourage Brazil, Russia, India and China to support Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy. The World Bank is expected to choose its next leader before its Spring meeting in late April. Asked about other nominated candidates, Gordhan said the US was expected to field a candidate later on Friday. “We’ve heard the name of a Columbian academic and former finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo, and Prof Jeffrey Sachs has made himself available. There could well be last minute surprises that we are unaware of,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala said she hoped the contest she faced would be merit-based and that those nominated applied their best minds in the interviewing processes. “I hope that the best candidates come forward,” she said. “I consider the World Bank [as] a very important institution for the world, particularly developing countries deserving of the best leadership. I look forward to a contest of very strong candidates. Am I confident? Absolutely,” she said. Okonjo-Iweala said it would be premature for her to lay out her vision for the World Bank. The current president of the institution, Robert Zoellick, announced in February that he would step down at the end of June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa enters solar power world top 10

first_img8 July 2014 South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of utility-scale solar power, moving into the world top 10 of countries harnessing renewable energy from the sun, according to figures released last month by Wiki-Solar.org. Wiki-Solar is a leading authority on the deployment of utility-scale solar power – photovoltaic (PV) power stations of 5 to 10 megawatts (MW) and above. The United States tops Wiki-Solar’s list of the top 10 markets for utility-scale solar power, with 349 solar plants together generating 6 498 MW, followed by China (4 607 MW), Germany (3 428 MW), India (1 897 MW), Spain (1 680 MW), the UK (1 523 MW), Italy (875 MW), Canada (714 MW), and France (677 MW). South Africa is in 10th spot, with 15 solar plants now contributing 503 MW to the country’s electricity grid. Most of these plant were built under the first round of the government’s renewable energy programme for private producers – and with several solar projects still under construction, and contracts for further projects having been signed, South Africa is likely to climb still further up Wiki-Solar’s rankings. In November, the Department of Energy signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in the third round of the programme, following the signing off of 47 projects in the first and second rounds, bringing to 64 the total number of renewable energy projects approved by the government since December 2011. Once they are all operational, the 64 projects – representing foreign and domestic investment of over R100-billion – will add around 3 900 megawatts of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. And in his State of the Nation address last month, President Jacob Zuma said the government would push ahead with the fourth round of the programme so as to take advantage of wind, solar, biomass and other technologies that increased opportunities for rural development in the country. First-round solar projects that are delivering power to South Africa’s national grid include: SAinfo reporter The 75 MW Lesedi and 75 MW Letsatsi plants situated in the Northern Cape and Free State provinces respectively, built by a consortium lead by US company SolarReserve.The 75 MW Kalkbult solar plant near Petrusville in the Northern Cape, built by Norwegian-based company Scatec Solar with local partners.The 50 MW De Aar and 50 MW Droogfontein solar plants near De Aar and Kimberley in the Northern Cape, built and operated by a consortium led by British company Globeleq.The 22 MW Herbert and 11 MW Greefspan solar plants in the Northern Cape, built by US firm SunPower and owned by a joint venture between Spain’s AMDA energy and South Africa’s Alt-E Technologies.last_img read more

Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC): The Dangers of Not Getting it Done Right

first_imgAll businesses have some vulnerabilities and are challenged by a variety of risks.  Some of the risks businesses face include enterprise risk, operational risk, project risk, IT risk, and financial risks.The GRC market is expected to grow to $11.5 billion by 2019 as a result of nearly 15 percent annual growth over the next four years, according to a study by Micromarket Monitor.Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) solutions are designed to mitigate risk and help businesses steer clear through the various threats which they face.  Governance is the overall management of a businesses so as to achieve a set of goals and objectives.  Risk Management is the prediction and management of threats that could stop a business from achieving its desired goals.  Compliance with both government laws and regulations and company policies and procedures keeps businesses from running afoul of state and federal regulations.Who or what is affected by GRC? Forrester analyst Christopher McClean said that it is “everybody in the organization.  Every individual has risk implications tied to him or her.”The dangers of not getting GRC right include the following, according to an SAP/Loudcloud study:   loss of business and revenues (45 percent), reputational damage (42 percent), business disruption (37 percent), lawsuits (32 percent) and financial penalties (31 percent).   Companies whose valuations are based on the high value of their brand are particularly vulnerable.The range of issues that fall under the umbrella of GRC is very large, so much so that Gartner recently broke down their analysis of GRC into seven different submarkets:IT Risk ManagementOperational Risk ManagementIT Vendor Risk ManagementBusiness Continuity Management PlanningAudit ManagementCorporate Compliance and OversightEnterprise Legal Managementlast_img read more

Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan in top base price bracket in IPL 2017 auction

first_imgIndia pacer Ishant Sharma, England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and former Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson are among seven players who have listed themselves at the highest base price of INR 2 crore (approx USD 298,000) for the Indian Premier League season 10 player auction.England allrounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins are the rest of the players in this bracket.The IPL auction is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on February 20.The INR 1.5 crore bracket has England’s Johnny Bairstow, New Zealander Trent Boult, Australia’s Nathan Lyon and Brad Haddin, South African Kyle Abott and Jason Holder of the West Indies. (Yuzvendra Chahal a product of Indian Premier League: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)A total of 799 players are part of the initial roster which would be reduced once the franchises submit their preferences before the deadline this weekend. There are 160 capped players from eight countries – leaving out Bangladesh and Pakistan – and 639 from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies.This will be the final year of IPL before the teams overhaul their squads for the 2018 season.The existing player contracts will expire after this season of the league and most players are expected to go under the hammer at a mega auction ahead of the 2018 season.last_img read more

9 days agoLjungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.” last_img read more

Buckeye Brief Slowing down Keita BatesDiop and more notes from Ohio States

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a 3 pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) is exactly halfway through its conference schedule with nine games won and nine games remaining. It narrowly edged out Nebraska Monday, 64-59, in its closest conference game of the season. Here are some notes from the postgame press conference. Keita Bates-Diop finding production despite tighter defensive coverageThe cat is out of the bag: redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop is one of the best players in college basketball. The 6-foot-7 forward averages 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from the 3.Earlier in the year, teams played man-to-man against Bates-Diop. It allowed him to easily drive and to shoot high-percentage shots inside or catch wide-open passes from beyond the arc and knock home 3s. But teams have started to press more often in their coverage of him, double-teaming him to prevent him from having those open looks. His current four-game stretch has seen him average his lowest point rate (16.8) since he averaged 15 points per game from Nov. 19-26. The added defensive pressure has made it more challenging for Bates-Diop to find open lanes to drive to the basket. But against Nebraska, he said he was able to stay moving and would eventually find open space without the ball before catching a pass and making a play.“So I started slipping screens and just moving around a little bit more, cutting a little bit more off the ball and all my teammates found me,” Bates-Diop said Monday. “It was mostly just layups to the basket.”He had been off to a slow start, making only 2-of-5 shots from the field and struggling to find open shooting chances given the coverage. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he typically does not have to say much to Bates-Diop when he goes into a bit of a lull and that it is always just a matter of time until his star forward starts putting up points.“I just told him I’d like for you to score a lot more and go get 14 really quickly here,” Holtmann joked. “He’s getting a lot of attention. He missed some open shots, but he made some huge plays for us. And I thought our guys did a nice job finding him in the post late too.”Four games in eight daysWhen the Buckeyes went to the locker room after the game Monday night, they finally had a chance to really catch their breath. They had just wrapped up their fourth game in eight days with the first three coming on the road. “I definitely am a little fatigued,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “I mean you know that’s just the cards we were dealt. Especially this season with the tournament being moved up, it’s a little tougher. But I think as a team, we’re doing a great job. The coaches are focusing more on film and recovery.”Holtmann said the team did not discuss any change in approach to the four-game stretch, but that the players have worked additionally with strength and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks to avoid getting too worn down.He also said he wanted three of his starters — junior guard C.J. Jackson, Bates-Diop and Tate, who played 37, 37 and 33 minutes, respectively — to get more rest given how much they had played during that stretch. However, given how close Monday’s matchup wound up being, he was unable to rest his starters as much as he would have liked.“We’re going to continue to trust and use our bench,” Holtmann said. “We played seven guys over 20 minutes, which is kind of normal. But we need to continue obviously for Thursday. We need to probably utilize our bench even more if we can.”Andre Wesson and Andrew Dakich providing much-needed reliefPart of those bench players who have helped to provide key relief for starters have been sophomore forward Andre Wesson and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich. Wesson, who lost time over the summer due to an undisclosed injury, has worked his way back and has taken the role of the top bench forward. Over the past five games, he has averaged 21.8 minutes per game.Though he has only averaged 2.8 points per game over that stretch, the players and coaches have raved about his passing and defense being valuable coming off the bench. “Sometimes you guys may not see things that don’t show up on stat sheets, but he’s being a great defender,” Tate said. “He’s getting his hands on deflections, he’s boxing out his man, making sure they don’t get the ball, but also keeping balls alive.”Like Wesson, Dakich has not been the most productive scoring guard, averaging just 3.8 points per game over his past five games — with an average of 22.4 minutes per game. Unlike Wesson, he lacks the size to guard taller forwards attempting jump shots. He also lacks game-changing speed, but Holtmann said the 6-foot guard makes up for it with his awareness.“What he lacks in athleticism — and let’s be honest, he lacks athleticism — he makes up for it so much in his IQ and his ability to connect his teammates,” Holtmann said. “I did not realize he’d be this solid for us defensively. They tried to ice him tonight and people shot over at times, but he’s hard to get around.”Up NextOhio State will try to extend its unbeaten streak in the Big Ten to 10 games when it hosts Penn State at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Schottenstein Center. read more